Friday, August 14, 2009

How to Letterbox: Part III Or Stamp Carving Turorial

Yesterday I told you all about how to make a letterbox. An essential part to that letterbox is a handmade stamp. I have tried making my own stamp with some supplies that I had on hand. My results were not that great. I finally succumbed to searching high and low for what the professionals use. This is not a very well known craft, I have to say.

The kit that I found on Ebay (above) is perfect for the beginner. It's less than $10! It includes a carving tool, some directions, and some Speedball Speedy-Carve. I found a 6X12 sheet of this material for around $10 HERE, just so I could have some extra on hand. The carving material is rubber and somewhat like a pink eraser type material. The carving tool slices through it like butter!
So here's what you do: Decide on an image, maybe simple lines are best for a first try. You can draw directly onto the carving material, or you can print some clip art (like I did). Then gently iron the image onto the rubber material if you do it while the ink is still a little wet. If there are words in your stamp, be sure that they are spelled backwards.
Decide which parts of your stamp are going to be carved out, and mark them as such. It sounds silly, but it can be confusing once you start working in reverse.

Use the carving tool to gently outline the image, then gouge out the interior portions. My carving tool came with two blades, a thick one and a thin one. You can purchase a blade kit once you get a little better at carving.
More in my Letterboxing Series tomorrow!


9 comments:

the treat girl said...

Alrighty then........we KNEW there had to be an easier way! I worked with this stuff in art class when I was in grade school...Can't wait to try!!!! Thank you so much again for the inspiration!!!

Jennifer Juniper said...

I've never tried to make a stamp, we use one from the dollar store. But this may have convinced me to try it!

marzipanmom said...

Thanks for the tips! If we ever get around to letterboxing again we might need to consider the stamp-making kit!

The mama. said...

Great letterboxing posts! We have found several boxes in our area, but have never planted our own. Thanks to your tutes, we'll get one out this year! It was just the inspiration that I needed!
I linked to your tutorials on www.morethanwedeserve.blogspot.com

~Jen

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